Ritual’s Enigma (Self-Released) is an insanely tight EP that boats some of the best names in the music business; all of whom are renowned composers and songwriters. Joining Mike Lewin, Terry Knight, Franco Necros, and James Marinos are Devin Townsend, soprano Dianne van Giersbergen, and jazz harpist Amanda Whiting. The result is a strong release is Enigma that puts a smile on the face of the listener.
Dälek (pronounced ‘Die-a-leck’) returns with a new album Precipice on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records. In what is becoming a common refrain of recent times, the album originally planned for 2019 has been completely overhauled because of the pandemic, and the chaotic times we currently find ourselves in. The duo of MC Dälek and DJ Mike Manteca felt that the originally planned album wasn’t strong, angry or heavy enough for the times we have endured. The added strength, anger and heaviness are indeed defining features on Precipice.
So, we have got to sit down and talk about how subgenre crazy the extreme metal world has become. It seems like with every week that goes by another fresh batch of new “subgenres” enter the metal lexicon. You see Deafheaven can’t be filed under Black Metal because they’re really a Post Existential Crisis Alternative Shoegaze Latte outfit. Ice Nine Kills’ early stuff was metalcore, but nowadays they’ve drifted over to Slasher Showtunes. I wish good luck to whoever has to classify whatever Pyrithe’s Monuments to Impermanence (Gilead Media).
Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have canceled their upcoming performances including their USA tour, their festival appearances, and their expected Los Angeles shows with System of a Down. Frontman Mike Patton has cited mental health concerns and shared a statement below.
Anthrax has concluded their Anthrax 40th Anniversary web series with thoughts on “Worship Music, longevity, and the future. The band wrapped up their 40th-anniversary livestream last month (review here) and are plotting next steps including a new album. Their next show is at Welcome To Rockville in November! Congrats on 40 and here’s to many more!
Anthrax was interviewed by their comrade and collaborator Chuck D of Public Enemy in a new interview for Revolver Magazine. You can Watch Part 2 of the interview now, and part 1 below, along with all of the Anthrax 40th anniversary video series. The band will hosted their 40th-anniversary livestream last weekend (review here) and you can still buy a ticket and watch it until July 25th. Event tickets and special 40th-anniversary ticket bundles are still on sale here .
Okay, so watching streamed performances over the internet isn’t the best way to enjoy live shows. That’s a given. Every one of us would rather be in the middle of a sweaty moshpit, getting drunk with friends while being accidentally kicked in the head by overenthusiastic crowd surfers. Yes you would. Don’t lie.
Anthrax has shared a live performance version of their song “The Devil That You Know” from their 40th-anniversary livestream Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and originating from The Den in Los Angeles, the livesteam is still viewable today. The band also sent a message of thanks to the fans and reflected on 40 years as a band with Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Frank Bellow, and Charlie Benante. Check out the clips, their recent interview with Chuck D, and all of their Anthrax 40 for 40 videos. Continue reading
Anthrax was interviewed by their comrade and collaborator Chuck D of Public Enemy in a new interview for Revolver Magazine. You can Watch Part 1 of the interview now. The band will host their 40th-anniversary livestream today, Friday, July 16, beginning at 4 PM PT and 7 PM ET, and in the UK on Saturday, July 17, starting at Midnight BST. Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and originating from Los Angeles, livestream event tickets and special 40th-anniversary ticket bundles – one including a live video chat with the members of Anthrax – are on sale now, here .
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